DDD Europe 2023 - Program

(Slow (code) retreat)

Main Conference - Hands-on Lab


Philippe Bourgau

Philippe Bourgau
Thursday 8 from 11:00 until 13:00 in Room 10

(This is a hands-on lab with limited capacity)

"Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential" We're definitely not there yet!

Isn't it time we deal with the stress and burnout that is rampant in the industry?

Let's try slow programming! Using TDD and TCR as neurofeedback tools that will remind us whenever we are rushing, we will experiment with various flavors of mob or solo programming and discover what we enjoy most! Here are the benefits we could expect:

  • Less stress, by focusing on what we are doing NOW, in the present moment
  • More value creation by focusing on what really matters
  • Less technical debt
  • Better interactions with colleagues
  • More clarity about what to do, easier decision making
  • A chance to better tackle the ethical challenges of technology
  • Happier families by bringing less stress home
  • A form of deliberate practice of zen
  • Helping each other!

Join us in this slow dojo!


TDD and Mobbing skills are highly recommended. You can go through the session without them if there are enough TDD and Mobbing savvy programmers that you can pair up with.

You will need a laptop with a development environment. So please:

  • Clone the code at https://github.com/philou/Kata-Slow-Code
  • And follow the instructions to setup the environment in your preferred language.

Thanks a lot!

About Philippe Bourgau

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Life is too short for boring stuff! So I help software engineers to reach a productive and sustainable pace through continuous refactoring of their code and organization.

Speaker Track:

  • "Live refactoring with Golden Master and Mikado Method" at Devoxx FR 2021, Legacy of Socrates 2020, XPDays.be 2019, Agile France 2019
  • "Test yourself at the TCR Workout machine" at XPDays.be 2021
  • "Live-Testing bugs in legacy code with test data builders and the mikado method" at Frug'Agile 2020, CPPP 2021, DDDEurope 2021
  • "Let's play the built-in quality game" at P3X 2019
  • "How we speed up our tests… a machine learning story" at Agile France 2019
  • "Tame the Technical debt beast and enjoy sustainable productivity with 3X" at XPDays.be 2018
  • "BDD Alchemy: Change your Heavy Lead (Pb) Code into Pure Gold (Au)" at P3X 2018
  • "Boostez your teamwork with Randoris" at Devoxx FR 2018
  • "eXtreme Practices" at Agile Tour Beirut 2016